Last night, it was pretty clear that the Washington Wizards had about enough of this losing stuff. They hosted Brooklyn and put the hammer down on the struggling Nets, grabbing a 114-77 victory. I will do the math for you here: that is a 37-point margin. Although the win came against a sluggish team, this was still a very reassuring sight for Wizards fans.
Kris Humphries lead the way against his former team last night, recording nine points and 11 rebounds off the bench. The bench as a whole contributed greatly for Washington, scoring 68 out of the teams 114 points last night. Both Rasual Butler and Kevin Seraphin scored in the double-digits, totaling 15 and 13 points respectively.
The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for Washington, as they allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers to catch up to them in the standings and tie them for the third seed in the Eastern Conference after holding a six game lead on them just a few weeks ago.
Before losing seven out of nine contests, the Wizards held the second seed in the East, had a multiple game lead on the third seed, and held a very comfortable lead over the fourth. However, they have now fell to No. 3 in the conference and only hold a half-game lead on both the Chicago Bulls and the Cavs for that third seed.
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However, as I have said a number of times over the past few weeks, no worries should be present. Now that the Wizards suffered through their losing streak, a winning streak is on the horizon. Just watch and see.
One aspect that Washington will have to work on though is consistently defeating the better teams in the NBA. They started the season off with fire, winning 29 of their first 41 games. However, most of those games were against some of the weaker teams in the league. When they started facing some tougher teams, they struggled to grab victories.
In order to be a great team, you have to beat the great teams. Although this is something that does lack in the Wizards right now, they will pick up on this in the near future. They do have some veterans that should have helped them overcome this by now, but the cornerstones of this roster are the youngsters.
John Wall has been performing like a veteran this season, but you also have to keep in mind that he is just 24-years-old. No worries though, because this Washington team will come back from this losing streak stronger than ever. It’s okay to make mistakes in life, as long as you learn your lesson.